Who Controls the Past: The Tulsa Race Massacre

How is it possible that the 1921 massacre of as many as thousands of Black people in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was almost erased from US history? And why is it finally penetrating the national consciousness? Featured in HBO’s The Watchmen and Lovecraft Country, this history survived because of the dedicated efforts of Black Tulsans, including the descendants of survivors, who have made it their life’s work to uncover what really happened and make sure we never forget. Moderated by Jeffery Robinson from Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, this panel examines the work of these activists to take control of the historical narrative, and in so doing, to force a reckoning on racial justice in this country and a long overdue conversation on reparations for Black Americans.

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Dr Tiffany Crutcher

Terence Crutcher Foundation

Chief Egunwale F Amusan

African Ancestral Society

Kristi Orisabiyi Williams

Greater Tulsa African American Affairs Commission

Jeffery Robinson

The Who We Are Project

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